HER2 breast cancer: comprehend to conquer it!


About the research

Did you know that breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women, affecting 1.7 million women worldwide? In her research Ovia Margaret Thirukkumaran is trying to decipher how cancer cells communicate and develop resistance against drugs in so called HER 2 breast cancer, a very aggressive form of breast cancer.

Ovia Margaret Thirukkumaran
FWO - KU Leuven

The thought of numerous different works that a cell does, especially on a scale that eyes cannot see fascinates Ovia . This interest and the curiosity to see how these nanoscale factories work motivated her towards using microscopes to understand how cells communicate their signals. Her current research focuses on discovering cellular communication through HER2 receptors, the signal regulators in HER2 breast cancer.

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